Beethovenfest Bonn 2006:
31st August until 1st October 2006
"Rossiya" - the Russian name of the country in Latin
characters - is the motto of the Beethovenfest Bonn 2006 which will be held
under the aegis of the Minister President of the Land of North
Rhine-Westphalia, Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers. From 31st August until 1st
October, 60 concerts and opera performances as well as the rich supporting
programme will focus on the cultural region of Russia. Since 2004 the
Beethovenfest has been committed to a cross-national framework with an
annually changing core theme, which has been Bohemia-Moravia in 2004 and
France in 2005. Beethoven himself has never been to Russia, yet his work was
much noticed and appreciated in Russia: Count Razumovsky commissioned to him
the "Russian string quartets" op. 59, and thanks to Prince Galitsin, who was
dedicated the string quartets op. 127, 130 and 132, the Missa solemnis,
described by Beethoven himself as his most important work, was for the
first time performed as a whole in St. Petersburg in 1824.
The centenary of Dmitri Shostakovitch offers the
much-appreciated occasion to perform in the context of the festival excerpts
from his oeuvre as well as works by other Russian composers, such as
Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Rubinstein, Skriabin, Stravinsky,
Tchaikovsky and even Taneyev and Tarnopolski. The invitation of numerous
Russian artists also contributes to the Russian motto of the Bethovenfest
Bonn: Among others, the pianists Lilya Zilberstein and Arcadi Volodos, the
Russian National Orchestra with Mikhail Pletnev, Elena Bashkirova, the
Brodsky Quartet, the Moscow Art Trio, Efim Jourist, the Rastrelli Cello
Quartet and Maxim Vengerov will come to Bonn.
Further outstanding ensembles and artists at the
Beethovenfest Bonn 2006 will be the Philadelphia Orchestra under the
direction of its chief conductor Christoph Eschenbach, Riccardo Chailly with
the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Amsterdam under the direction of Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
The anniversaries of Mozart and Schumann will also be
remembered at the Beethovenfest Bonn: Mozart’s early opera Il Rè pastore
(The Shepherd King) will be performed in a co-producion with the
Salzburger Festspiele and the Musikfest Bremen, and a five-piece cycle will
be brought to the stage in memory of Robert Schumann.
There are 38,000 tickets going on sale for the 60 events of
the Beethovenfest Bonn 2006 which will be held at 22 venues in Bonn and its
surroundings. Several picturesque historical venues of the Bonn region are
turned into concert halls. First-time venues are the Haus der Geschichte,
the Hotel Königshof, the KfW Bank branch office in Bonn-Mehlem and St.
Evergislus church in Bornheim. A large number of concerts will be
broadcasted by Westdeutscher Rundfunk as well as Deutschlandfunk/DeutschlandRadio
Kultur and by Deutsche Welle.
The programme and the detailed programme booklet of the
Beethovenfest Bonn 2006 can be ordered at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone
(+49 (0) 228 20 10 345). Tickets can be ordered online at